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Blasts Kill 8 In Russia’s Largest Coal Mine

From a conflicted Associated Press:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, and Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu take part in a conference call on the rescue work at the Raspadskaya mine hit by explosions, in Moscow, Sunday, May 9, 2010.

Blast hits Russia’s largest coal mine, 8 dead

Sat May 8

MOSCOW – A methane explosion tore through Russia’s largest underground coal mine on Saturday, killing eight workers and injuring 24 others, a regional emergency services official said.

A second blast hit mine early Sunday, ITAR-Tass reported, without providing further details.

Of the 312 miners who were below ground at the time of the blast, 66 remained about four hours after the explosion and rescue workers were working on bringing them out, said Valery Korchagin, a spokesman for the Emergencies Ministry in the west Siberian region of Kemerovo. He did not have further details.

The mine, the Raspadskaya, produces about 8 million tons (8.8 million short tons) of coal a year, according to the company’s website.

The Kemerovo region is about 300 kilometers (190 miles) east of Moscow.

There was no immediate information on what set off the blast. Mine explosions and other industrial accidents are common in Russia and other ex-Soviet republics, and are often blamed on inadequate implementation of safety precautions by companies or by workers themselves

But how is it possible that mine explosions can be so common in the former Soviet Union and Communist China? Haven’t they learned anything from being workers’ paradises?

Have they already been corrupted by capitalism?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Blasts Kill 8 In Russia’s Largest Coal Mine”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Bush’s fault.

  2. proreason says:

    Too few regulations.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    Obama failed to strengthen their regulations just as he failed to do here.


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